WIIM Staff Predictions: Playoffs Round 2

Ezra Shaw

SB Nation 2014 NHL Playoff Bracket

Collectively, looking back on our First Round predictions, we successfully picked the Ducks, Hawks, Penguins, Rangers, and Habs. I'd say we did pretty well for ourselves, even if we did manage to only get one of them right as far as series length was concerned. We're also not collectively broken up about getting the Avs and Sharks picks wrong, since the Avs losing in the first round is hilarious and we all figured the Sharks/Kings series would be insanely close.

Now that we know the matchups and the games are starting tonight, it's time to predict the next round. If you're interested in the stone cold locks, pay attention to Michelle's picks. She went 6/7 in the first round and even correctly picked the right series length in three of those. Graham also hit 6/7 (damn Avalanche), but he only hit two of them in the right number of games.

If you're interested in being a mean-spirited jerk, you could point out that I did the worst of everybody, correctly predicting only three of the seven non-Wings series and not getting a single one right for number of games, but I expect that nobody will ever bring that up.

Western Conference

Anaheim Ducks (#1) vs. Los Angeles Kings (Pacific #3)

Ducks

Kings

J.J. Six Games
Graham
Seven Games
Jeff Five Games
Tyler Seven Games
Michelle Six Games
Christian
Six Games
Joseph
Five Games
Kyle Six Games
David Six Games
Mystery Writer Five Games

Collective Answer: The Kings will only ever lose again as a favor to the rest of California, win in six.

Chicago Blackhawks (Central #3) vs. Minnesota Wild (#8)

Blackhawks

Wild

J.J. Four Games
Graham Five Games
Jeff Six Games
Tyler Six Games
Michelle Five Games
Christian Five Games
Joseph Five Games
Kyle Seven Games
David Four Games
Mystery Writer Four Games

Collective Answer: Bloodbath. Hawks in Five.

Eastern Conference

Boston Bruins (#1) vs. Montreal Canadiens (Atlantic #3)

Bruins

Canadiens

J.J. Six Games
Graham Seven Games
Jeff Six Games
Tyler Six Games
Michelle Six Games
Christian Six Games
Joseph Five Games
Kyle Seven Games
David Five Games
Mystery Writer Six Games

Collective Answer: Bruins in six.

Pittsburgh Penguins (#2/Metropolitan #1) vs. New York Rangers (Metropolitan #2)

Penguins

Rangers

J.J. Seven Games
Graham
Seven Games
Jeff Seven Games
Tyler
Seven Games
Michelle Seven Games
Christian Six Games
Joseph
Six Games
Kyle Six Games
David Seven Games
Mystery Writer Seven Games

Collective Answer: This one goes long. Rangers in seven.

There you go, folks. If you're looking to take something to the bank, take these there and deposit them into an interest-bearing money market account. Your parents will be very proud that you're saving something. Look at you, so much like an adult.

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